Friday, May 29, 2009

No Hunt Today.

We're in the midst of making it all happen, so the hunt won't be on this week.  
Go outside anyway.   Drink good beer this weekend.  

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Friday, May 22, 2009


Already the capsule has found itself in a compromising situation.

Half Acre-

Hello All

The three-day weekend is here.  Go outside, drink good beer, enjoy yourself.

The hunt is on, but the clue is not here.  It's hidden on the blog.

Here's your clue to the clue:

"Go to the month of purification on the day of a prime number and look for the only numerical text in the post."
There is your clue.

Don't forget to call/text 773 351 5709 or email if you've found it.

Have a great weekend,

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Brewery Pics

Here are some shots taken last night by Sarah Rhee at the Northside Homebrewers Connection that was hosted by Ted Danyluk at our brewery.

Ted created the group as a way for homebrewers to hook up in a positive environment and exchange ideas about beer.  It was a good group of people and a fun time.  

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Beer Dinner with Blue Sky Inn

We're doing a beer dinner with Blue Sky Inn.  Blue Sky Inn is a non-profit tax exempt organization established to empower Chicago's homeless youth through job training and opportunities for creative expression.

Here's some info about it -- some seats still left.

dinnerPARTY is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm at blue sky BAKERY & CAFE (4749 N. Albany.)  The three-course dinner is served family style, and features a cocktail or special beverage paired with each course.  Past months have focused on the food of particular regions; this month, we are serving the flavors of spring, paired with Half Acre beers.  $22/person, reservations required, email

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quick Note

We just threw our mill into the alley and we now use the Slap Chop to mill all of our grains.  

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Field Trip & Daisy Cutter

There will be no Half Acre Hunt today.  
We're taking a trip to Three Floyds Brewing Co, so our hiding and posting abilities will be dedicated elsewhere.

No worries, though, the hunt will be on again....

We've been getting a lot of very positive feedback about the new Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and want to be sure everybody get a crack at it.  This beer sold out incredibly fast, so our inventory is gone.  It's out in the world, though.  You can still get it on draft at Hopleaf, Maproom, Jerry's 2, Local Option, Beer Bistro, Quenchers, Reggie's Rock Club and Small Bar.  

The bomber bottles flew out the door, as well, but I know Armanetti's on Lincoln, Sam's, SL Binny's and others are still carrying.

Enjoy the weekend.

Half Acre Beer Co.
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Beach Beer

Drinking beer is a wonderful thing.  But it’s really only as good as you are when doing it.

I can hand you an incredible beer that hits all your sweet spots, but if you then take that beer and drink it in a crap mood, alone in a dim room, then you’re doing the beer and yourself a disservice, unless that's your thing...

My point is this:  You and your scenario can dramatically affect your experience drinking beer, or anything else for that matter.  You and your experience won’t make a terrible beer an exceptional one, but your enjoyment of that beer can sway things a great deal.

I recently grabbed some much needed R&R on a remote island with far away shores.  The beer of choice is Kalik, a Bahamian Lager that comes in 5.2% version or  7%.  I spent a good amount of time with the 7% model and enjoyed this nectar in its entirety. 

So, was this beer an excellent crafted product that captured the finer points of Lager brewing:  No.  Was it a completely delicious solution to all my beer needs why soothing my head on a beach:  Absolutely.   

So while thinking about beer and its own merits is important, and a conversation of its own, making sure you’re at the peak of your ability to appreciate it is something else entirely.

A fine Lager with fish cooked perfectly is a nice thing.  A fine Lager  with fish cooked perfectly, enjoyed with friends at the waters edge with no commitments on the horizon is outstanding. 

I read a lot of tasting notes, and have seen folks include things like:  what music they were listening to, season, or where they were, but in my opinion, this is an underserved part of the discussion. 

While I find it partially interesting that someone I’ve never met with any range of sensory experience or motivations picked up tobacco or roasted notes in a stout, I’d find a lot more interesting if they included that they got fired from their job that day, picked up a pint at a bar they’d never been to while meandering aimlessly on some back roads or shared with an old friend they hadn't seen in ten years.

So, here’s to pairing beer with experience and reviewing ourselves.

Half Acre Beer Co

Chicago, IL

Monday, May 11, 2009


We had our first Half Acre Horseshoes outing this past Saturday.

Unfortunately the Gods doled out some unseasonably cold weather, so the notion of soaking up rays while chucking shoes was squashed, but it made for an edgier event.

There was a formal bracketing system composed of 36 people(thanks Andy and Andy), and if I can read the paper correctly, teams "Clint" & "We'll Get Back To You," were the top two.  They went home with jewels and gold bars.

We want these events to evolve over time, and hopefully turn into something quite rowdy.  Hope to see you next time.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Friday, May 8, 2009


The capsule has been found in Grant Park at the corner of Columbus and Balbo.

We're back, and the hunt is on.

It's a great day for a hunt.

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is popping up on draft.  Hopleaf is already pouring it, but you'll see it at Map Room, Jerry's 2, Twisted Spoke, Small Bar and Beer Bistro in the coming days....maybe today, so call if you want to check it out at any of those places.

Playing horseshoes tomorrow...

Remember to contact Gabriel at 773 351 5709 or when/if you find it so we can post that it's been found.

Here's your clue.  Good Luck.

"I found a hole in a tree, so in the capsule went. It’s the tenth tree in traveling due north on the middle path found on the northeast patch where blacktop's Genoese navigator and a large formation of aircraft meet."

 Warning:  This hole is small, smaller hands are a plus, but I don’t think necessary.

Winner gets an assortment pack of beers for their travels.